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HTC's beautiful, squeezable U11

It has a unique feature you have to squeeze to believe.

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HTC is hoping that a mirrored back and a quirky "squeeze control" feature will be enough for its new U11 flagship phone to challenge Samsung's glossy Galaxy S8.

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The ultrasound sensors, which are built into the edge of the device, allow you to gently squeeze the phone to perform certain actions, like opening an app.

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A quick single squeeze could open the camera, for example. 

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A long squeeze might open your email.

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The U11 is beautiful and glossy.

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In addition to Google Assistant, you can now get Amazon Alexa to work on the phone, which means you can control your smart home from the phone, or reorder items.

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Solar red may be our favorite color.

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When light strikes, it can look yellow or red...

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...or a bit of both.

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It's got a reliable 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 16-megapixel front-facing lens.

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Watch out -- it's a fingerprint magnet.

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It's water-resistant, too.

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There's no 3.5mm headphone jack on the U11.

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Instead, you'll be plugging in your headphones using the USB-C port. Controversial.

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Check out more shots of the HTC U11!

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So, how do we feel about theHTC U11? Read our full review to find out.

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